Training and Recruitment

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The Training and Recruitment Division of the Durham County Sheriff's Office is responsible for the recruitment of new deputies, detention officers, and civilian personnel.  The training staff operates a certified and accredited training academy for  law enforcement officers and detention officers.


The training academy exceeds all state standards mandated by the North Carolina Sheriffs’ Education and Training Standards Commission. Basic Detention Officer Training (BDOT) is approximately six weeks while cadets participate in Basic Law Enforcement Training (BLET) for 18 weeks. 



The Training & Recruitment staff manages and oversees the agency's field training program as well. The field training program is designed to incorporate BLET philosophies with practical law enforcement activities. Supervised hands-on field training and a standardized system of performance evaluations are essential to development and training of new deputies.

Additionally, the Training & Recruitment Division is responsible for annual in-service training and facilitates mandatory and optional training programs for current staff members.

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